The Dialogues Series explores the concerns, careers and contexts of some of India’s most acclaimed artists. Each book in the series takes the form of an extended conversation between an individual artist and the authors, Ranjit Hoskote and Nancy Adajania, two of India’s best known and most authoritative critics. The Dialogues Series provides sharply etched portraits of the artists and critically engaged accounts of their work. It sees each artist’s journey in review, with its distinctive transitions, breakthroughs and evolutionary rhythms. The Dialogues Series also situates the imagination and lifeworld of the artists within larger art-historical genealogies, both Indian and global. The series aims to create a discursive space in which both enthusiasts and scholars can reflect on arguments that art and criticism conduct with history. The series is founded on the belief that the history of art does not simply revolve around the personalities of individual artists or the trends of the day; it also records the vital historical and philosophical questions that are posed and played out on the contested terrain of art.
Ranjit Hoskote (born 1969) is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of 19 books. He has curated 20 exhibitions of Indian and International art, including a mild-career survey of Atul Dodiya and retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Moder Art, New Delhi and Mumbai, (2005-2006). He co-curated the Trans-Asian collaborative project, Under Construction (Japan Foundation, 2000-2002). Hoskote and Hyunjin Kim co-curated, with Artistic Director Okwui Enwezor, the 7th Gwangju Biennale ( Korea, 2008).
He has been writer-in-residence at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995), Villa Waldberta and The Promised City project, Berlin (2010). Hoskote is curatorial director, foundation b & g, Mumbai.
Nancy Adajania (born 1971) is a cultural theorist, art critic and independent curator. She has written and lectured extensively on extended sculpture, new media and public art at numerous international venues. She was editior in-chief of Art India (2000-2003), in which role she focused on creating contexts for public art, new media and the relationship between the visual arts and political intervention.
Adajania has curated 'Avatars of the Object: Sculptural Projections'(NCPA/Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai 2006) and 'The Landscapes of Where'. She has also written numerous catalogue essays on established and emerging artists.